Vickie answers England call to play in Australia

Vickie Brookes
Vickie Brookes

Vickie Brookes described her England call-up as ‘the best feeling ever’ as she prepares to go Down Under for the Indoor Netball World Series.

The 22-year-old from Shenley Brook End overcame a severely sprained ankle to impress the coaches during a trial in a format of the game she’d never played before.

“The indoor game doesn’t have sidelines, so the ball is never out of play,” said the MK Netters player.

“And we play mixed sexes too, which has taken some getting used to. I’d never played the game like this, so I had to Google it the night before!

“I was injured during the trial, so I didn’t expect much. Three weeks later, I got an email. It was the best feeling ever!”

Having met up with her England team-mates ahead of the tournament in Brisbane next month, Vickie is setting her sights on the top prize.

She said: “We want to win gold. We know the Australians and the New Zealand team play a hard game, but we’ve put in the hours in the gym and on the court and we think we can win it.”

As for long term aims, Vickie hopes be at the forefront of growing the game in this country.

“I’d love to see netball grow,” she added. “I’m taking my coaching badges to help with that.”